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About Scott Yaruss

J. Scott Yaruss, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, F-ASHA, is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master’s Degree program in Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, Coordinator of Clinical Research in the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Director of the Stuttering Center of Western Pennsylvania.
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Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering
presented by Scott Yaruss

Appropriate evaluation and successful treatment of stuttering requires valid and reliable measurement of both the stuttering behavior and the broader experiences that people who stutter may face in their lives. Unfortunately, research has shown that speech-language pathologists are often not consistent in their assessment of this condition. The purpose of this two-part series is to help clinicians develop the skills they need to evaluate stuttering. Part 1 of this two part series, Issues in the Measurement of Stuttering, discusses several key issues that need to be considered in the measurement of stuttering (including factors affecting the counting of disfluencies and issues related to the broader stuttering disorder). Learn more


Measuring the Entire Stuttering Disorder
presented by Scott Yaruss

Understanding the stuttering disorder requires more than a simple count of stuttering behaviors. Although a reliable and valid count of behavior may form the foundation for some aspects of clinical decision-making, a broader view of the entire condition is critical to planning individualized, yet comprehensive, therapy. This course, the second in a two part series on the clinical measurement of stuttering, addresses other aspects of the stuttering disorder—in addition to the stuttering behavior itself—that clinicians will want to consider during assessment. Specific factors to be discussed include the speaker’s reactions to stuttering, the functional communication difficulties a speaker may experience as a result of stuttering, and the overall adverse impact that stuttering may have on the speaker’s quality of life. Learn more


Understanding Counseling and the Process of Change
presented by Scott Yaruss

Speech-language pathologists who work with individuals who stutter do more than simply teach speech techniques. Because of the complexity of the stuttering disorder, therapists often find themselves addressing both attitudinal and emotional aspects of the speaker’s experience of stuttering. Unfortunately, many clinicians report that they are less comfortable working with these components of the stuttering disorder. This course (part one of three in this course series) will discuss some of the key aspects of the counseling process that clinicians can apply to their work with individuals who stutter. Specifically, the course will provide clinicians with a high-level overview of a model of change that can help them guide their clients through the process of therapy so they can achieve their best possible outcomes from intervention. This is the first in a three course series. Learn more


Skills for Helping Clients Succeed in Therapy
presented by Scott Yaruss

Understanding the process of change provides clinicians with a strong foundation for guiding their clients through therapy. Knowing this big picture is not sufficient, however, because clinicians must also become experienced in using specific counseling strategies that help clients make their way through that process of change. This course (part two of a three part series) will help clinicians develop these counseling strategies by describing several key skills that can be used both in and out of treatment to help clients better understand their situation and work in concrete ways toward a preferred future, whether that involves improved fluency, better communication attitudes, or both. This is the second in a three course series. Learn more


Counseling Skills: Using the Skilled Helper Model
presented by Scott Yaruss

Successful therapy involves more than just a series of good sessions, the clinician saying the “right thing,” or the client feeling good about the process. In truth, the best metric of the success of a counseling interaction is whether the client achieves progress toward making desired changes. In stuttering therapy, this may mean that the client improves his or her speech fluency, communication attitudes, or both. Achieving these challenging goals typically involves a process of change—not just learning a lesson or practicing a strategy but developing new behavior and thought patterns. It also means overcoming roadblocks to success associated with the difficulty in making meaningful changes in one’s life. Part 3 of this course will show how the various counseling microskills reviewed in Part 2 can play a role in helping clients move toward making changes in their lives as shown in the skilled helper model (described in Part 1). The goal will be for clinicians to understand the “big picture” as it relates to helping individuals who stutter improve their ability to communicate and reduce the adverse impact of stuttering on their lives, so they can move through a process of change and overcome roadblocks that may arise. This is the final course in a three part series. Be sure to also watch:

Understanding Counseling and the Process of Change
Skills for Helping Clients Succeed in Therapy

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